Ahhh, the hunt for the perfect holiday gift – it can take days, maybe even weeks until I run across exactly what I wanted, but didn’t know I was looking for. I wait for something special to come along – you know, that meaningful gift that your favorite gal will treasure for years and think of you every time she uses it. That’s my mission every holiday season! Even more important is supporting our fellow military spouse and veteran-owned businesses. And this year, we’re proud and honored to feature several of them in our Holiday Gift Guide for military spouses.
This shop’s story begins with four military wives. After sharing in the experience that comes with this life, they desired to have something that would help celebrate those significant memories. Thus, the Nomadés Collection came to fruition in 2009, and now, it encompasses a team of consultants all over the world to help women tell similar stories through bracelets, necklaces, accessories, and accompanying military journey charms, duty station charms, and life’s journey charms.
Bang Bang Ballistic Jewelry
This female veteran-owned military jewelry company is founded by Shanna Rodenberg, who while serving in Kabul, Afghanistan, used her camera to escape the “war scenario” and connect to her inner artist. Today, she creates pieces out of spent bullet casings and ammo rounds for those of the military community alongside her business partner, Fred Bassett, and considers it her therapeutic mission while continually honoring those who’ve served our country.
Hope Design, Ltd.
Lauren Hope is the mastermind behind Hope Design Ltd. As a military spouse herself, she handcrafts military jewelry and accessories to honor our country’s service veterans and heroes. From brooches to bracelets, earrings, pins, custom collections, and more, each piece is truly something special and unique.
Daisy Faye Designs
From their website: Daisy Faye Designs started in 2010, when a few baby gifts turned into a few orders, and a few orders turned into a lot more orders! Working from her home studio in Carlsbad, CA, Kim is drawn to colorful, whimsical, and modern fabrics and focuses on designing accessories for women that are perfect for special days and for every day. Kim is originally from Dallas, TX, but has followed her Marine Aviator husband to North Carolina, New Mexico, Arizona, and currently resides in Southern California. She is a work at home mom to 2 beautiful children and is blessed to be able to raise her family and her business from home.
From their website: Each R. Riveter handbag embarks on a journey across the country before arriving on your doorstep. Every part and piece that goes into your new American Handmade bag - from the hand-stitched liner to the hand-cut leather - is crafted and secured by different military spouse Riveters stationed coast to coast. This is what makes your handbag so special. It has been crafted with love by bold, refined and genuine women, just like you.
Her Hero Store
As the daughter of a Marine and an Army spouse for more than 10 years, Colleen started making jewelry as a hobby when she found that the pieces being sold at the Post Exchange didn’t exactly match her style. Today, she’s perfected her designs, creating unique military jewelry for military spouses and moms. And if you’re an EOD or Ranger Regiment family, she has collections just for you, too!
Show your military pride with sparkly sterling silver necklaces representing each branch of our Armed Forces. Wear one as your everyday reminder that connects you to your purpose, your community, and your military hero. They also make the perfect meaningful gift for military spouses, military moms, and all the proud members of your military family.